MARY WASHINGTON COLLEGE
0/ the UNIVERSITY 0/ VIRGINIA
Entered as second-class matter April 1, 1924, at the Post Office at Fredericksburg, Va., under the
Act of August 24, 1912. Acceptance for mailing at special rate of postage provided for in Section
1103, Act of October 3, 1917, authorized December 3, 1938.
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/r/diTY Washington is the Woman's College of the University of Virginia and is an integral
part of the University System. It is a liberal arts college, and its purpose is to provide for
women educational opportunities comparable to those provided for men in the College
of Arts and Sciences on the campus of the University at Charlottesville.
The name of the college has real historic significance and background, combined with
intimate local associations. The college overlooks the home and tomb of Mary Washington;
the boyhood home of her illustrious son, George Washington; and Kenmore, the home of
her daughter, Betty Washington Lewis; and the grounds were at one time a part of the
estate of Betty Washington.
Mary Washington College is ideally located amidst the finest traditions of Old Virginia,
almost in the shadow of the Nation's Capital and accessible to the great centers of culture
of the East. The spacious grounds, including the main campus and the historic Brompton
estate, containing 391 acres, are situated on the famous Marye's Heights, commanding a
panoramic view of the City of Fredericksburg and the beautiful Rappahannock River
Valley, and are, adjacent to the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
The setting, campus, and buildings possess a singular charm and appeal. The stately
colonial pillars, the rolling shady lawns, and the hallowed traditions which cluster about
the place are vividly reminiscent of the gracious charm, culture, and romance of the Old
South. The environment is both inspiring and romantic because of its colorful past and
the peculiar blending of the life of early colonial days with the life of today.
Considering the historic significance of Fredericksburg and the fact that it is one of the
most accessible and cultural communities in America, it would be difficult to find a more
fitting place for a college or an environment more stimulating.
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This building is named in honor of the Father of our Country whose boyhood
home was in Fredericksburg and whose life and activities were closely associated
with the community.
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Named for the neighboring county of Westmoreland — birthplace of Washington,
Lee, Monroe, and many other prominent men.
Planning the day's work.
/his quiet and deserted-looking corridor
comes to life each day when hundreds of
earnest young women traverse it on the way
to lectures; to take part in a radio program
in the broadcasting studio; to confer with the
President, Dean, Registrar, or Treasurer; to
enter the large auditorium on the right to at-
tend a motion picture, a drama or comedy by
the Mary Washington Players, a symphony
concert or opera, a convocation or quiet
chapel exercises. At other times the tempo
changes, and it rings to the laughter and
gayety of young people on the way to the
ballroom or going up to emerge on the spa-
cious roof garden under the magic of the
moon and stars.
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and Mary Custis Halls con-
nected by arcades.
View from South entrance Westmoreland Hall.
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A freshman dormitory. Named in honor of the great temperance
leader and Christian scholar.
Facing central quadrangle. Contains offices of the Dean of Women and living
quarters for approximately 260 students.
-Ziving quarters in the newer
residence halls are arranged
either in suites of two rooms
with connecting bath or one
room with private bath.
c/ach of the residence halls is in charge of
a full-time hostess or counselor, who also
serves as housemother.
/hroughout the college
care has been exercised
to surround the student
with comfort and an at-
mosphere in keeping with
6/irginia's bright sunlight makes a leaf motif mosaic on this
Science Hall, named in
memory of Algernon B.
Chandler, Jr., a former
President of the College.
This building houses the
biological and physical
sciences, and the home
and demonstration work.
tories provide workshops
for study and experi-
mentation in all the sci-
/he CloLLeae Snoppe
located in Chandler
Hall, is a combination
shop and tearoom and
is a popular meeting
place for students and
faculty alike. Students
have the privilege of
dancing here with ap-
proved dates on desig-
This building stands on the site of an Indian
village of the Seacobeck tribe visited by
Captain John Smith in 1608. It is one of the
most beautiful buildings on the campus, and
contains dining halls, lounge room, kitchen,
offices for the dietitians, and storage rooms.
It is airy and well-ventilated and has the most
modern eguipment, including its own re-
One of the four dining halls.
/he artistically decorated dining halls, divided by
French doors from the lounge room with its beautiful
dome lighting, large fireplace, deep carpet, and com-
fortable furnishings, provide a dignified setting for
the formal dinners and banguets as well as a guiet and
pleasant place in which to enjoy the routine meals of
A formal dinner preced-
ing a symphony concert.
/he famous Stone Wall
and Sunken Road at Bromp-
ton where more than 9,000
soldiers were killed and
wounded in the first battle
of Fredericksburg, Decem-
ber, 1862. This wall and
the residence on the hill
above were also the center
of attack in May, 1863.
/he historic white oak
served as a shelter for the
wounded during these bat-
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Etompton, home on the /-^zeildent
Built in 1730, the Scene of Notable Events in Peace and War.
This beautiful old colonial residence served as the headquarters
of General Robert E. Lee during the Battles of Fredericksburg.
and the marks of shot and shell are still plainly visible. Brompton,
more than two hundred years old, stands today in guiet but
impressive dignity and is a veritable treasure-trove of history.
/he beautiful lawn at Brompton — serenely quiet in the afternoon sun
gives little evidence of the memorable struggle which took place here.
/he marker is a monument to the two sanguinary battles staged on these grounds.
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best type of cul-
tural college, large
enough to provide
a liberal educa-
tion but small
enough to give
to each student.
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One of a group of
small residence halls.
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Named in memory of the late E. Lee Trinkle, former Governor of Virginia and
:or many years President of the Governing Board of the College.
/he paneled Browsing Room
with comfortable chairs and
lounges and a large fireplace,
the Periodical Room, and the
Virginia Room combine to make
the library one of the most de-
lightful places at the college
for relaxation and reflection as
well as study.
/he library building
has facilities for 150,-
000 volumes. It also
contains the Mendel
Museum and class-
rooms for instruction
in library science.
/he mural s:uden:s crea:e meir
cv.-n background by uansfcrrrhng
Monroe Hall with the magic of
design and color. What better
teachma man me actual demo.
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beauty in ar: and
life — a search for
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history of the
of the arts,
than there is
today. It trans-
aries. It is in
fact a univer-
The Mary Washington Players.
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The college recently has acquired the rare and very
valuable music collection of Dr. Felix M. Gatz, orches-
tral conductor, musiologist, and composer. Founder
of the Scranton Symphony. It contains most of the
standard complete operas, symphonies and concertos
including conductor scores and full orchestral parts,
also standard and unusual works in piano, trio, quar-
tet, choral and solo vocal music. In addition, there are
some 600 books, many rare and over a hundred years
old, published in French, German, and English, on
music, esthetics, philosophy, and the arts in general.
There is probably no music collection in the South to
compare with it in size or variety.
//Vusic is an integral part of our
educational program and as such
is a source of enjoyment and in-
spiration. Private instruction is of-
fered in voice, piano, organ, and
all string, reed, and brass instru-
ments, as well as group instruction
in the band, orchestra, Glee and
Choral Clubs, and the history and
appreciation of music.
College Dance Orchestra.
/he rhythmical cadence and colorful
pageantry of the College Band.
/<adio broadcasting in George Washington
Hall. Mary Washington on the air.
/he spacious auditorium of George Washington Hall is equipped with the finest stage
appointments, sound devices, and all that ensures the ccmfort of an audience and effect-
iveness of speakers and performers. The stage scenery and settings are planned to take care
of the most elaborate programs. The auditorium also contains a pipe organ and moving
picture equipment. A number of dressing and make-up rooms are conveniently located
under the stage.
The College Symphony Orchestra.
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esidence halls with the comforts of today and the charm of yesterday.
/he position oi the buildings gives them a commanding appearance, bringing out in
strong relief the classic beauty of the architecture.
yvy-clad walls contrasted with
gleaming white pillars.
/he ' "Bridge of Sighs' ' in the spring-
ime when the glen is covered with
rhododendron, honeysuckle, and a
carpet of soft green moss and grass,
and the stillness is broken only by
the singing of the birds and the mur-
muring of the brook as it wends its
way through the overhanging trees
/he ccllege although non-sectarian
Dizing the religious free-
dents, places a dis-
tinct emphasis on spiritual values.
It feels a deep responsibility for
their spiritual vrelfare and er.dea-
:rs :c maintain high moral and
re held regularly
during the session and local and
visiting ministers, the college Y.W.
C.A.. and ether crganizacicns en the
Hill are invited :c :ake pari in con-
ducing these services. Even* year.
Religious Emphasis Week under nee
auspices of r.e Y.V.". C. A. is observed.
Bodies disciplined in the poetry of motion.
Foyer of auditorium in
George Washington Hall.
/he grace and rhythm of
bodily motion interpret a
world of meanings.
/he Virginia climate and scenery
add to the enjoyment of the bridle
/he college provides expert riding instruction and an ample number of saddle horses.
The Oak Hill Riding Academy, containing clubhouse, the riding ring, and stables, stands
in a dense grove of trees near the campus. Extensive shaded bridle trails wind through
a rolling countryside.
Water sports in a
of the campus.
'n ample cam-
pus provides fa-
cilities for an in-
life. Sports are an
of life at the col-
lege, and students
may engage in the
ities and sports in
which they are
hockey, golf, rid-
ing, and swim-
ming offer a wide
variety from which
to choose, and the
mild Virginia cli-
mate permits stu-
dents to engage in
Section of the in-
One of the outdoor
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/he classic columns of Seacobeck Hall portray the Jeffersonian influence.
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A roof garden cool as the deck of a
rolling ocean liner, the sky studded
with the moon and stars for a can-
opy, the one man to place the ring
on her finger, a nationally known
orchestra and smooth dance floor —
a perfect climax to an eventful year.
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scaped acreage at the south
end of the central campus.
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Autumn colors lend their charm to the Mary Washington College setting.
Named for the fifth President of the United States. Contains lecture rooms, art
studios, the Little Theatre and gymnasium.
Campus takes on
added beauty when
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Jn the rear of the campus, deep wooded ravines threaded by crystal streams add
a picruresqueness to the college grounds.
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rV system of general instruction, which shall reach every description of our citizens,
from the richest to the poorest, as it was the earliest, so it will be the latest of all public
concerns in which I shall permit myself to take an interest."
"I am closing the latest scene of my life by fashioning and fostering an establish-
ment for the instruction of those who come after us. I hope that its influence on their
virtue, freedom, fame and happiness will be salutary and permanent."
— Thomas Jefferson, Founder of the University.
«Z)ays of inspira-
tion and gracious
t a i n i n g at
he campus overlooks Fred-
ericksburg — "America's
Most Historic City." On the
heights now occupied by the
college once stood Seaco-
beck, an Indian village visited
by Captain John Smith in
The old Sunken Road at the
base of the heights; the
Confederate Cemetery at the
foot of the hill; the breast-
works and gun emplacements
on the crest of the hill; and
Brompton, the battle-scarred
Colonial residence, constitute
mute but eloguent testimony
of the two sanguinary battles
which were staged on these
heights during the War Be-
tween the States.
4ii6totle Kenmote, the home of
Betty Washington Lewis, sister
of General George Washington,
in full view of the college.
lomb on Matu WcLinington
Standing in plain view of the cam-
pus, this simple but graceful shaft
marks the burial place of the mother
of George Washington and serves
as a constant and impressive tribute
to high ideals and noble woman-
chrome of Mary, the mother of George Washington, located just off
draws its students from every state in the Union, the territories, and many foreign
countries. The enrollment is necessarily limited by high standards of admission
and a rigid selective system. As a result, the college turns away hundreds of
applicants each year.
yn a publication of this nature the amount of material that can be used is naturally limited,
and it has been necessary to omit pictures and descriptions of many of the buildings and
students activities, as well as references to other phases of life at the college. No attempt
has been made to present the educational program or detailed information in regard to
course offerings. The college catalogue which contains complete information in regard
to courses, entrance reguirements, costs, etc., will be sent upon reguest.